I realize expecting #the100 to be recognized is a pipe dream.
But, here’s why they should be taken more seriously, by the network, by the community, by viewers.
The acting talent is…the caliber of brilliance is UNMATCHED on the network, possibly not even on network TV.
The show pits seasoned veterans against relatively unknowns. But to watch the show you know that that doesn’t matter. ( only mentioning a few, but these few are indicative of the whole)
I have watched Isaiah Washington in quite a few things over the years and I have never been as impressed with his talent & his persona as I am now. I don’t know of any other actors who could have taken on this role as a maniacal would be savior and actually feel for them, care for them. Bc you can actually feel the warmth of him, of who Jaha once was, of who he thinks he still is even through the exterior of crazy. I think it take years of experience to understand the magnitude of being able to achieve both, at the same time, but w subtle fervor.
Paige Turco was basically a staple in our vcr growing up. She was who I wanted to be, you know the girl who helped the ninja turtles kick ass. So it’s fitting that she’s now this kick ass woman who is helping to save the world. I think what makes Paige jump off the screen, besides fr her ridiculous good looks, is that when you watch her you’re mesmerized. And even In the moments where I just don’t care for Abby, I care for Abby. Her acting is subtle, but no less powerful.
Eliza might be one of the most unassuming actors ever. And as Clarke she masterfully leads the show. You totally believe that this petite teenager is the queen of earth (kidding, mostly) the brilliance of Eliza is that she transforms Clarke into so much more than the story calls for.
There’s a gentleness to Clarke that probably shouldn’t be there, but that she can’t live without. That’s Eliza. There’s also a fierceness, a rugged ruthlessness to Clarke that’s not necessarily written in, that’s Eliza.
You look at her and she’s not imposing at all, but Clarke looms on screen. You can feel her power.
I’m am going to attempt to write this as if no one has ever read anything I’ve ever written about him before. But. My bias will probably show. And I just can’t be sorry about that.
How do I start this without saying that he’s the best actor on the show though???
Before this show it was a safe bet that most Americans had never heard of Bob Morley, and sadly now, not enough people do. The innate grasp and understanding of his craft is mind blowing.
I’ve never taken to an actor as I have to Bob. His performance is art.
There’s acting, and then there’s what Bob does. Not one of his characters is like the other. And none of them are like him. His mannerisms and facial expressions change so much that you sometimes you can’t believe that Bellamy is Bob & visa versa. (We’ve done side by side comparisons…)
This man will blow everything you think you know about acting out of the water. Your expectations for acting. For network acting especially. Acting is his passion not just his career. When you have that level of commitment from someone, you know their product will reflect. He was the first to read, and first to be cast. Sometimes you just know. And Jason knew what the rest of us would soon enough. That his star would reach higher than even he could imagine. He will go places. Mark my very biased words.
Most of the time the minor characters in TV shows just fill in gaps. And sometimes they help round out a scene. I think what makes the 100 so different is that to the viewer the secondary are on par with the mains. Jackson’s devotion to Abby, his ability to diffuse her tension doesn’t go unnoticed. Harper was basically kidnapped and experimented on and helped to make that storyline as devastating as it was. Monroe is loyal to Bellamy in ways some of the others aren’t. She isn’t just some girl with amazing hair, she knows her worth and so do we. And Nathan Miller, honestly I don’t know how Jarod Joseph isn’t a main character with how beloved he is in fandom. Integral in both seasons in saving his people. In the fight and in the heart.
I can barely remember the minor characters in my other shows, but these 4, these I know, and have analyzed, and broken down, and loved.
this show does so much for the audience, but I think that this show has really allowed the actors to showcase their best selves.
I think that it speaks to the fact that they are in fact a family. And not just co workers. That truth transcends the screen.
You may not always like where the story goes but the story is always told well. These writers basically give their entire selves to this show.
They write this show that sets up a social construct that should in theory be our reality. But humanity in 2015 is still light years behind that of 2149. Where all the prejudices of today just aren’t even a blip on the radar then. A futuristic utopia of social action & Justice.
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that the production budget probably falls between arrow/flash and Jane the Virgin. So they can’t do everything they want, but they can build elaborate enough sets and costumes that appear outwardly simple but the detail is intricate. They can CGI gorillas and doomed space crafts.
Not to mention that the stunts are done by the actors themselves. I mean come on, the insurance liabilities of that is insane, and yet Bob Morley has been hung twice, once resulting in real injury, Bc a fluid organic performance is of utmost importance.
“Jamie;s expression lightened slightly as Murtagh appeared from the shadows beside us, quiet as a wraith. He had a cloth-wrapped bundle under one arm: a joint from the kitchens, I thought, seeing the blotch of dark blood on the cloth. This impression was borne out by the large ham he had tucked beneath the other arm, and the strings of sausages about his neck.
Jamie wrinkled his nose, with a faint smile.
“Ye smell like a butcher, man. Can ye no go anywhere without thinkin’ of your stomach?”
Murtagh cocked his head to one side, taking in Jamie’s blood-spattered appearance.
“Better to look like the butcher than his wares, lad” he said “Shall we go?”